The Sitar

The Sitar

Rebecca Idris

Fiction / LGBT / Contemporary

From the bowels of middle-class England, bona fide Brit Muslim lesbian Jaya Chakarbatti belies her mild-mannerisms and leads her group of Lassi Lesbians from their urban Midland terraced houses to the smelly back alleys of London's gay Soho, to seek out other Gaysians. Snapshooting Britain and navigating the world of Bollywood drag queens, and the choice between reading the Quran or The Pink PaperFrom the bowels of middle-class England, bona fide Brit Muslim lesbian Jaya Chakarbatti belies her mild-mannerisms and leads her group of Lassi Lesbians from their urban Midland terraced houses to the smelly back alleys of London's gay Soho, to seek out other Gaysians. Navigating the world of Bollywood drag queens, and the choice between reading the Quran or The Pink Paper, the girls take a snapshot of modern urban Britain, amidst riots, religious tensions, and social discontent, somehow ending up in the heat of uncomfortably straight but shamelessly camp streets of Bangladesh.This is a sharp, witty look at contemporary, multicultural, polysexual Britain, exploring themes of complex postcolonial politics in a humorous, poignant, but always affectionate way.
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